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About jas0_0

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    Junior Wammer

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  • Turn Table
    Linn LP12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    LVX & Ortofon VMS30
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Avid Pellar
  • Digital Source 1
    iMac + Audirvana
  • DAC
    RME ADI-2 Pro FS
  • Pre-Amp
    Croft 25R
  • Power Amp/s
    Croft 7R
  • My Speakers
    Proac Response 1SC
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I’m not sure any of these replies are particularly reassuring, but it’s good at least to know I’m not alone. Thankfully my soldering skills are not sharp so I’ll be spared any DIY mania. @rabski hope the CT scan isn’t anything serious.
  2. Lots of love for the new Linton in Stereophile - anyone had a demo? https://www.stereophile.com/content/wharfedale-linton-heritage-loudspeaker
  3. Oooooh. You’re one of them. 😉
  4. Why, what’s wrong with it?!
  5. A few things have happened recently that have made me wonder if I need to ease off this hi fi lark a bit. First, an email went round work asking “Are there any French speakers in the office?” and all I could think of was Focals. Second, I went for a run using one of those tracking apps on my phone, and when I first looked at the line graph of my (initially widely fluctuating) pace, I couldn’t help thinking there were some bass modes I needed to tame. Lastly, and most embarrassing, some friends and I were talking about books and someone mentioned Heart of Darkness, by F Scott Fitzgerald. I leapt in with “No no, that was Conrad Johnson” 😳 Anyone else had similar? Or just me?
  6. In that case, depending on how computer-comfortable you are, you could look into a Raspberry Pi + DAC. With an app such as Volumio, it would give you bitperfect streaming of Tidal into a DAC of your choice and smartphone control for about £60. Though totally understand that you might want to pay a bit more for fewer boxes and a bit less faff.
  7. Ah yes - my bad... Got blinded by my excitement over the size and price.
  8. I noticed a number of people on another forum really recommend these. Have no personal experience, but they seem to come highly recommended - even for driving big Tannoys - and the price and dimensions might be ideal... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283114302764
  9. I saw from another thread that you have Roksan amp and Proac speakers. So I would expect a marked improvement in sound. Though I would take time to investigate digital sources before parting with cash. You might find you can achieve the same (or better) sound compared to the bluesound for a lot less money. For example using an old laptop with bitperfect music playback software and a good quality USB dac.
  10. How about a Raspberry Pi 4? I have just been researching these for myself and seems like an ideal solution for very little money. With software like Volumio it will stream hi res files over WiFi, plus Tidal/Qobuz, Airplay and more - all bitperfect via USB to a DAC for less than £100. Can be controlled via a smartphone/tablet like any other streamer. Info about sound quality and tweaks for optimum performance can be found here: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2017/01/measurements-raspberry-pi-3-as-usb.html?m=1
  11. My two thoughts, though both over your budget... Cyrus 3 - black, half width case, <10.5cm high - usually go for about £150 s/h Rotel RA02 - black, full width, <10.5cm high, usually go for £100-120 s/h
  12. Hi and welcome! At 89.5dB Your speakers are quite sensitive so a higher powered valve amp that offers a decent amount of juice into 4ohms should be fine. Single ended triodes might struggle though. If I were you I’d draw up an amp shortlist and then get out to some dealers and listen. At your price level they should offer home demos, which are really important for understanding whether an amp will work for you. One potential brand for your shortlist: I use a Croft pre/power which is a hybrid valve/mosfet design and drives my insensitive Proacs just fine in my 5m x 3m room. Croft make an integrated amp which is within your budget (the version without a phono stage is £1000). They can also be supplied with a single volume knob and a remote control. https://www.stereophile.com/content/croft-acoustics-phono-integrated-integrated-amplifier That’s the limit of my experience with potential valve amps, hopefully someone with more knowledge will be along soon. J
  13. I don’t think it will sound horrible - I use a Mac and a good DAC, which is probably equivalent in sound quality to the Cambridge streamer. I listen to YouTube and Soundcloud/Mixcloud through this just fine - great for discovering new music, then a bonus of I can find it on Tidal as well.
  14. Upsampling won’t make an difference to sound quality as it cannot re-add information that has been lost via compression. Though it won’t damage the quality either. As you’ve noted, YouTube streams tend to be highly compressed and quite poor sounding. I see you’ve started a thread about this, but if you’re planning to buy a high quality streamer like the Cambridge, you’ll see a vast improvement in sound quality by subscribing to a lossless streaming service like Tidal and using that instead of YouTube. Then you’ll be using the streamer to its full potential. Most streaming services offer trial periods so you can compare to see which interface, sound quality level and library suits you best. J
  15. As a millennial I am constantly frustrated by the lack of a shuffle button on my turntable.